California DMV Test Questions and Answers

NOTE: I am not the DMV. I am not affiliated with the DMV. This is just a practice test. I don't know anything about ID cards, hazmat tests, or anything else like that. If you need that kind of information, please go to the California DMV website.

To pass the DMV written exam, you are allowed to answer up to 6 questions incorrectly. Good luck!
1. Before you change lanes, you should:
a. Be sure no one is behind you in your lane
Check your mirrors and look over your shoulder
c. Never look over your right shoulder
2. You want to pass a bicyclist riding on the right edge of your lane. You:
a. May not pass the bicyclist for any reason
b. Must change lanes to pass the cyclist safely
. Should allow a minimum of 3 feet between you and the cyclist
3. If an uncontrolled railroad crossing is ahead and you can't see clearly if any trains are coming, the speed limit is:
. 15 mph
b. 25 mph
c. 30 mph
4. Which of the following children requires a child passenger restraint system?
A five-year old weighing 55 pounds
b. A five-year old weighing 65 pounds
c. A six-year old weighing 60 pounds
5. You want to go into a store to make a quick purchase. You should:
a. Leave the car running and set the parking brake
. Stop the engine and set the parking brake
c. Stop the engine, but set the parking brake only if on a slope

6. There are five vehicles following closely behind you on a road with one lane in your direction. When you see this sign you should:
a. Drive to the right edge of your lane, but keep moving
. Drive to the side of the road into the designated area
c. Slow down and signal the other drivers to pass you
7. Check your rearview mirrors:
. Often to see how traffic is moving behind you
b. Only when you are slowing down
c. To see if a vehicle is in your blind spot
8. You are approaching an intersection at the posted speed limit when the signal light turns yellow. You should:
a. Slow down and proceed through the intersection with caution
b. Speed up to cross the intersection before the light turns red
. Stop before entering the intersection, if you can do so safely
9. It is illegal for a person 21 years of age or older to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is ____ or higher.
a. 0.05% - Five hundredths of one percent
. 0.08% - Eight hundredths of one percent
c. 0.10% - One tenth of one percent

10. When you see this sign you should:
. Be prepared to stop at the railroad crossing
b. Stop and wait for a signal before crossing the railroad tracks
c. Stop at the upcoming railroad crossing and wait for a train
11. If you want to pass a byciclist in a narrow traffic lane when an oncoming car is approaching:
a. Drive into the oncoming lane to pass the bicyclist
. Slow down and let the car pass, then pass the bicyclist
c. Wait until the bicyclist rides off the roadway
12. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice:
a. Maintain traction by following other vehicles closely
b. Pump your brakes to keep them from freezing
. Shift to a low gear before going down steep hills
13. You are driving on a two-way street and you want to turn left at an upcoming corner. Give the right-of-way to:
a. Oncoming vehicles also turning left
b. Pedestrians on the sidewalk waiting for a "WALK" signal
. Vehicles coming towards you
14. You enter a designated turn lane to make a left turn at an upcoming intersection. There is oncoming traffic. You should:
a. Move to the left of the center lane
. Signal before you arrive at the intersection
c. Turn your front wheels to the left to be prepared to turn
15. You are on a highway with two traffic lanes in your direction and you see a vehicle stopped on the right shoulder of the road ahead with its hazard lights on. You should:
a. Change lanes to the left and speed up
. Slow down and pass very carefully
c. Stop your vehicle until you can see what happened
16. Which of the following is true about vehicles displaying a diamond-shaped sign (indicating a hazardous load)?
a. They are not allowed to drive on freeways
b. They are not allowed to exceed 35 mph
. They must stop before crossing railroad tracks
17. You must notify DMV within 5 days if you:
a. Are cited for a traffic violation
b. Paint your vehicle a different color
. Sell or transfer your vehicle
18. Which of the following contributes to improved traffic flow?
a. Lowering the speed limit on major freeways
. Not slowing down to look at an accident scene
c. Using your car instead of public transportation
19. Which of the following roadways freeze first when wet?
. Bridges
b. Intersections
c. Tunnels
20. Which of the following is a proper use of vehicle lights?
a. Use parking lights while driving through a tunnel
b. Using high beams because your low beams are not working
. Using low beams during the day on narrow country roads
21. You were parked and have been waiting a long time with your turn signal on to re-enter traffic. However, traffic is heavy. You should:
. Continue waiting and yielding to traffic in the lane
b. Drive on the shoulder until a gap in traffic appears
c. Slowly inch your vehicle into the traffic lane
22. Allow extra space in front of your vehicle when following a:
a. Motorcycle
b. Passenger car
c. Station wagon
23. It is legal to drive with an alcoholic beverage container that has been opened if the container is:
a. In the glove compartment
. In the trunk
c. Under the front seat
24. You must show proof of insurance to law enforcement:
. If you are involved in an accident or stopped for a citation
b. Only if you are involved in an accident
c. Unless your vehicle has a net worth of less than $500
25. If there is a double solid yellow line dividing opposite lanes of traffic, you may:
. Cross over the lines to make a left turn from or into a side street
b. Cross over the lines to pass another vehicle unless there is a "No Passing" sign posted
c. Not cross over these lines for any reason
26. Which of these is a safe driving practice?
. Checking your rearview mirrors frequently
b. Staring at the road ahead of your vehicle
c. Using your high-beam lights in the fog

27. When you see this sign, you should stop and:
a. Check for vehicles in the direction you plan on going, then proceed
. Check traffic in all directions before proceeding
c. Let all vehicles that arrive after you go first
28. You can make a right turn at a solid red light after you check for pedestrians and other traffic:
a. At any time, if you slow down and signal before making the turn
. If you stop first and if there is no sign to prohibit the turn
c. Only if there is a sign that permits the turn
29. You want to park downhill on a two-way road and there is no curb. Which way do you turn your front wheels?
a. Left - towards the center of the road
. Right - towards the side of the road
c. So they face straight ahead
30. You may drive across a sidewalk to:
a. Avoid driving over a speed bump
. Enter or exit a driveway or alley
c. Make a U-turn
31. When merging onto a freeway, you should be driving:
. At or near the same speed as the freeway traffic
b. At the legal freeway speed limit
c. Slower than the freeway traffic
32. Your driving lane is next to a bicycle lane. You want to make a right turn at the upcoming intersection. You:
a. May not enter the bicycle lane to make your turn
. Must merge into the bicycle lane before making your turn
c. Should only merge into the bicycle lane if you stop before turning
33. You are driving in an area with few street lights on a clear night. If you cannot see well with your low-beam headlights, which of these actions would help?
a. Adjusting your instrument lights so they are brighter
b. Turning on your vehicle's parking lights
. Using your high beams
34. You are driving on a city street and see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights behind you. What should you do?
a. Drive to the right edge of the road and slow down
. Drive to the right edge of the road and stop
c. Stay in your lane, slow down, and let it pass
35. If you drive 55 mph in a 55 mph zone, you can be given a speeding ticket:
. If road or weather conditions require a slower speed
b. Only if you are approaching a sharp curve in the road
c. Under no circumstances because it is always legal
36. The driver ahead of you stops at a crosswalk. What should you do?
a. Cautiously pass the vehicle at 15 mph or less
b. Change lanes, look carefully, and pass the stopped vehicle
. Stop, then proceed when all pedestrians have crossed

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